Observing and overcoming reduced right hemisphere involvement in spatial attention in adults with autistic-like traits

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Abstract

Visual attention differs between individuals with and without autism, and between neurotypical individuals with low and high levels of autistic-like traits (ALT). Studies were conducted that examined the involvement of the right hemisphere(RH) in these attentional differences, finding behavioural evidence (reduced attention to the left visual field) for reduced RH activation for High ALT relative to Low ALT individuals completing simple spatial tasks. Furthermore, behavioural training and non-invasive cortical stimulation that specifically engaged the RH were used to modulate attention in High ALT individuals, such that post-intervention they performed more similarly to their Low ALT counterparts.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Visser, Troy, Supervisor
  • Maybery, Murray, Supervisor
Award date20 Sept 2017
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2017

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